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Defected S. Sudanese army general demands regime change

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June 8, 2014 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese army (SPLA) general who defected to the armed opposition group last week has now called for "total regime change", arguing it was the only way citizens would realise why the country fought decades of war.

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General Dau Aturjong

General Dau Aturjong, who declared he had joined rebels led by South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar, exclusively told Sudan Tribune the current system under president Salva Kiir’s leadership was "shameful" and "unacceptable".

“Our people and the international community know very well there is no people’s government in Juba. What is there is no longer a government. If you look at its composition and take a comparative analysis, you will definitely find that it is a collection of individuals who are after their own interests and not our people," Aturjong said on Sunday.

"So why should our people continue to support a government of individuals and continue to die of hunger, diseases and have no roads and children not going to schools while we have abundant resources?" he asked.

TIME FOR CHANGE

The senior army official further claimed the only achievement to have ever come from Kiir’s government was "corruption" and "killing" of innocent people allegedly at the expense of service delivery, including protection of civilians.

"Tell me the achievements Salva Kiir has made for the last eight years in power? You are a South Sudanese and live in the country. What are the achievements you can tell me about this government? The only achievement of that government under Salva Kiir and his friends is corruption and the worse thing is the killing of innocent people," said Aturjong.

He said people were dying in the new nation as if no government was in power, yet the mandate is to ensure peace and stability exists in the world’s youngest nation.

"So, for our people to live in peace and stability, they must work to change this regime. They is need to rescue the country and now is the time to wake up," said the general.

SACRIFICE FOR CHANGE

According to the army general, any revolutionary struggle usually involves people who accepted to operate under very difficult situations after total self-sacrifice and altruism.

Regime change, he argued, does not happen by itself but through sacrifices made by people in the country. He urged the youth and politically conscious leaders to join the struggle for change.

“I think it is a great merit for a man or woman to give his or her life for a revolutionary idea and to fight. Even though some people believe there is nothing after death, they uphold the idea, the moral value, so firmly that they defend it with everything they have or life," said Aturjong.

"This country has claimed million lives of our people for it to be allowed to be mismanaged by individuals. The regime of Salva Kiir should be totally changed, if our people need to live in a lasting peace and harmony,” he added.

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  • 9 June 08:32, by J P Puok

    full stop ! General you had said it all.

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    • 9 June 10:52, by Force 1

      The general need to know that; the regime cannot be change in a Nairobi Hotel but in South Sudan and in the battlefield! It seems Riek tried it but didn’t work out; that’s why he is hiding and running between Nairobi and Addis Ababa; because no room for survival inside South Sudan for him. If the regime was that easy to be change in a Nairobi Hotel; you guys would have done it months ago.

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    • 10 June 07:12, by Augustino

      I supported Clement Konga last year when he talked of federal system. Now western equatoria governor deserved my support for federal system. this is because they are calling for the system while holding pens in their offices NOT Guns. we need democratic calls not punishing our people. Hi Leaders go ahead and all including Kiir and Riek will follow. Thanks

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  • 9 June 08:46, by Akol Liai Mager

    Please, join peaceful change Movement under Ustaz Pagan Amum. South Sudan cannot afford more blood sheds by replacing a group of self-interests with a group of killers. Ustaz Amum’s group is an answer.

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    • 9 June 08:52, by Akol Liai Mager

      Also, please take the uniform off and join civilian politics as your military uniform means armed conflict. It’s is a matter of time for South Sudanese people to understand the roles of an army officer from those of political and civil administration.

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    • 9 June 10:12, by Darkangel

      Hahahahahahahahahahaha Pagan !!! Hahahahahahahahahaha
      The same Pagan who orchestrated this whole mess for the americans to take over! The same Pagan that stole billions & built Villas in Kenya/Australia/USA. The Cheap man doesnt even want to pay for his stay in Kenya - Kenyan asking to kick the fat cheat out of their hotels !

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      • 9 June 10:28, by Akol Liai Mager

        That’s how darkangels thinks anyway so I am not surprised by wicket comments. North Sudanese Darkangels know that no marking around with South Sudan’s territories if Ustaz Amum become President as he cannot be intimidated by thugs and killers who kill children, women and elderly persons with bullets and stones.

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  • 9 June 08:47, by Malou Manyiel

    General Dau, you said this country lost millions people in their war with Sudan, so do you want millions more to die among South Sudanese themselves? This is a disgrace! Why do you believe only in death? South Sudanese have realized that both the government and you rebel uses them as if we are goats slaughtered for Christmas’s celebration. God is with us, we shall soon wake up.

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    • 9 June 09:14, by Mike Mike

      Kiir has become a victim because of the individual he brought to work with him in the govt.those are the very people that has opened a very big holes to kiir’s govt to be hatred by the people and this need presid Kiir to revise the hierarchy of his govt and eliminated out those whom are strange to his govt and change them with those who will do the work better.

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  • 9 June 08:59, by Chol A.

    We sorry for you in joining rebel and again we will be sorry for your death! What will you achieve? You joined rebels due to your own interest at the same aways kiir and colleagues do in this nation too!! Please go alone and fight for your interest as the change will one day through remove you all since you are totally confusing us.

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  • 9 June 08:59, by philipdit wol

    Ithinks General Dau you have right but Mading Aweil are not foolish to die like chicken like what happen in a war of RieK Machar and his political selfishness you are trying to declare another war on innocent people again we do n,t wants
    people of their political interest my Dear stay away from this an more please itis not right time for you to say that.

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  • 9 June 10:01, by Padiet Deng Alony

    i wonder people call for change and services delivery to South Sudanese citizen and never talk of service delivery when they are in system. let me ask now those who are calling for the so called thier democracy were they not part of the current goverment whom they are challenging while they were ministers and they did nothing 9 yrs back.
    they are not good politician but foodician.

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  • 9 June 10:26, by Mike Mike

    That General who called for total change had never helds any political post since South Sudan become independence govt in 2006 up to date.Second to that u dont be surprised when u hear someone calling for change that is how people work in the govt.there must be a time u can be in the office when time for ur going comes then u must leave n no one can say no like what others do.Leadership come and g

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    • 9 June 11:23, by Akook

      Gen Dau is right to call for forceful removal of this failed president. I don’t think if millions were dead due to Khartoum war then we must sit in ready to Kiir’s dictatorship and failures. We can’t simply afford seeing other countries like Uganda taking over our resources and assume God will trckle down to solve our problems. Salva must be fought!

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    • 9 June 12:12, by King of Nyamlel

      If you decide to go hunting for Kiir in his palace, then hunt him and catch him alive. Now wonder! those of king Paul may fear that Aturjong will come from the sky with Russian rocket, but the truth is Kiir-Malong’s govt is the worst in Africa!!!!

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      • 9 June 15:35, by Lango2010

        ABOVE ALL, SOUTH SUDANESE ARE TIRED OF CHAOS THROUGHOUT THE AGES. IT IS TRUE WE NEED CHANGE BUT SHOULD BE A PEACEFUL ONE. NOT BY GUN BUT BY POWER OF VOTING KIIR EITHER IN OR OUT OF PRESIDENCY, APART FROM FROM THAT NO WAY OUT.

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  • 9 June 19:01, by Bolong

    General Dau quitted SPLA during difficulty face to face with Sudan army and tried to be governor of Northern Bhar el gazal. Now he joint Riek Machar during peace process. He is calling for regime change or to continue fighting Mr. president Kiir. Dear Aturjong, South Sudanese needs change but not through bullet, the people of South Sudan have to stand firms with their national army SPLA. Let’s t p

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  • 10 June 20:01, by Gaddfa

    I don’t understand how shallow is memory of some people on this forum is. those who are questioning Gen. Dau for calling the regime change in juba. for your information as am well inform person i want to tell you Gen. Dau did tried to change the current govt in peaceful manner in 2010 but was denied of his right. but did betrays his country of rebelled in then was tough.

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